Feb. 9, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University's second-half offensive struggles allowed Oregon State University to overcome a four-point halftime deficit and hand the Cougars a 51-39 defeat in Pac-12 Conference play Thursday evening.
Washington State fell to 10-14 overall and 4-8 in conference play while Oregon State improved to 16-7 (7-5 Pac-12). Sophomore guard Sage Romberg led the Cougs with her first career double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds while seniors April Cook and Rosie Tarnowski each added six. WSU held the Beavers to 32.1 percent shooting while forcing 17 turnovers but struggled shooting in the second half, being held to 12.1 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes.
Both teams struggled early on with Oregon State notching the game's first points nearly four minutes in before Romberg's jumper nearly six minutes in gave the Cougs their first field goal.
Romberg's jumper from the left wing also sparked a 13-2 run for WSU as Tarnowski followed with a pair of three's to bring the Beasley Coliseum crowd to its feet. Freshman forward Shalie Dheensaw continued the run with a baseline jumper and senior guard Rosetta Adzasu hit a free throw to cap the streak and give the Cougs a 13-8 lead at the 8:43 mark.
The Beavers knotted things up at 17-17 before sophomore forward Hana Potter and Cook each added layins. Romberg then hit a three and Cook would make a steal and go coast-to-coast for another layin to open up a 26-21 lead for Washington State with 1:48 remaining.
Oregon State added a free throw late to cut the WSU lead to 26-22 at the half. WSU forced the Beavers into 13 first half turnovers.
Romberg opened the second half with jumper off the glass to open up a six-point lead but the Beavers put together an 8-2 run to tie things up at 30.
Thomas then answered for the Cougs with a three but Oregon State again came back with a decisive 15-0 run as WSU went cold from the field. The Cougars were held scoreless for over an 11 minute stretch, allowing OSU to extend its lead into double-digits.
Washington State continues its homestand Saturday against Oregon. WSU will be hosting its annual Cougs Wave Pink game to support Breast Cancer Awareness. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m.
GAME NOTES Romberg posted her first career double-double....the Cougars posted a double-overtime 61-54 win over the Beavers New Year's eve in Corvallis...WSU had won three straight against OSU...Cook scored six points to move past Yvonne Kunze for ninth on WSU's career scoring list with 1,140 points...Jazmine Perkins made three steals to pass Shelley Patterson for second all-time in career steals with 239.